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West Perth identical twins celebrate golden jubilee

Identical twins Mary and Catherine O’Connor, who also happen to be Sisters of Mercy of the West Perth Congregation celebrated their golden jubilees recently. Commenting on the occasion, Congregation Leader Sister Beverley Stott said, “Mary and Catherine entered the convent on the same day in 1954 and have moved in step through all the major milestones of their lives… The congregation is delighted that they have reached this day together and in good health.” CONGRATULATIONS MARY AND CATHERINE!


 


On Sunday February 18, the twins Mary and Catherine O’Connor celebrated their Golden Jubilee of Profession of Vows at Eucharist in St Mary’s Church Leederville (Western Australia), the same church they were baptised in, attended during their school years across the road at St Mary’s School, and as young religious when they entered the novitiate also at St Mary’s Convent.


 


They entered the convent on the same day in 1954 and have moved in step through all the major milestones of their lives.


 


Both Mary and Catherine taught in schools under the responsibility of the congregation and also assumed the leadership role of principal later on.


 


They have lived under the same motto “Mary, make me live in God, with God and for God”.


 


At a celebratory dinner with the sisters, their colleagues and many friends, they also managed their “thank you” speech at times in unison!


 


They are doted on by their big and only brother Brian and his wife Beryl. Their mother accepted that they were identical, and dressed them thus, and religious life furthered the identification with the religious habit in past times and most people, especially the children in their schools, have been confused about who exactly they are speaking to.


 


We in the congregation have always appreciated the differences between the two. We are not easily tricked!


 


The congregation is delighted that they have reached this day together and in good health.


 


Photo: Twin sisters Catherine (pictured left) and Mary (pictured right).


 


From: Sister Beverley Stott RSM (Congregation Leader, West Perth)


 


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